Monday, March 22, 2010

The Recipe

Cam, I am asked me for a recipe today, so I decided to share it here - along with a story. Any recipe worth it's chocolate chips has a story.

These cookies were banished from my home and my presence nearly 16 years ago. I forgot about them until recently. El asked what I craved when I was pregnant with her. I told her I didn't think I craved anything. The only thing I could remember was going on a date with Steve and eating french fries and a piece of chocolate pie for dinner. Weird preference maybe, but not a craving. I didn't feel right about my answer though. Her question bugged me.

Shortly after her question, El was supposed to take a couple dozen cookies to school, for sale in the cafeteria as part of a fundraiser for the orchestra. (Batches 1,2&3)

And suddenly I remembered The Cookies.
And suddenly I could answer her question.
And suddenly I slapped some poundage on the behinds of everyone I love, for these yummies are not conducive to weight maintenance.

Indisputable fact. The best recipes come from church cookbooks. Janesville United Methodist Cookbook(that's the church where we got hitched!) is a small, red, three ring binder. Tucked behind a blue tab with the modest label COOKIES & BARS, at the bottom of page 93, is the beloved Recipe. I am forever indebted to (and furious with) a woman with the initials CB.

Quite recently, Cam, I am named them Your Pregnancy Cookies, as in, "Oh, yay, I hoped you'd bring Your Pregnancy Cookies!" (Batches 7,8&9)

Warning: this recipe must be tripled. Honestly. One or two batches will not make it to tomorrow. Mo made some cookies yesterday. Steve just finished off the last one. (Batches 15,16&17, and yes, the numbers are off because I could only double batch one time, due to the tragic circumstance of running out of chocolate chips)

Chocolate Cookies, Your Pregnancy Cookies*, or The Recipe**

1 stick margarine (I use butter)
1 T. water
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. chocolate chips
2 eggs
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cook margarine (butter), water, and brown sugar over low heat until melted (or may microwave). Add chocolate chips; stir to melt. Beat in eggs, flour, soda, and salt. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Some advice:
cook the butter-water-sugar mixture until the sugar does not seem 'grainy' any more;
let the mixture cool below egg cooking temperature before you add the eggs;
the dough is the right consistency when it doesn't stick to your fingers;
the dough will look strange - don't worry.

*No, I am not pregnant. Puh-leeze.
**I am reminded of the Baldwin Sisters on The Waltons. CB of Janesville United Methodist Church has honored us with her Recipe. I entrust it to you to honor and protect; revere it, for it holds healing powers. Or perhaps it will begin your downward spiral. See you at the bottom.


Woman in a Window said...

HA! Healing powers. In the dough! In the dough even. By the spoonful, even before it's baked.

It always strikes me how simple things can be but yet how delicious.


Deb said...

they sound heavenly. this was not the post to read hungry. i craved ben & jerry's ice cream (i think it was peanut butter cup) while pregnant w/ grayson. as in an entire pint of ben & jerry's. daily. i gained quite a bit of weight. but they say fat is good for the development of the baby's brain. i must have skipped a day (math-related brain development day).

Rachel said...

About the bit on waiting until it cools to add the egg: any time a recipe calls for adding egg to a hot mixture, all you have to do is temper the egg. You don't have to wait until it cools. You add a small amount of the hot mixture to the egg and beat, then add a little more, then a little more, etc, until the temp of the egg is brought closer to the hot temp. Then you can add the egg in without it scrambling.

stefanie said...

Erin, thanks for the email today. It did me good.

Deb, ha! El and Grayson must be geniuses.

Rachel, really? I have never heard of tempering eggs. It makes sense. I only had trouble with the egg in this recipe once, but I ate the cookies anyway. Oh, yeah.

Tracy P. said...

YUM! Must try!

mamasue said...

i must try it...